It was a long hard winter. I was overdue for a kayak adventure. There was 4 places I set aside for spring time. 3 of the locations are dependent on the tide. I tried this location last year and found the trail to put in the kayak was covered with poison ivy. This year there was only a few plants but not overrun like last year. The kayak needed to be carried about 50 yards until a suitable spot to let in the kayak was found. As I went into the kayak, I slipped on some mud and got soaked. My camera, GPS and my cell phone all wet. They all seemed to still be working so I started my journey. A side note- the water felt pretty warm even though ice out was only a month earlier.
I started down the river. Although the water level was higher than normal it was still a nice slow pace. Both sides of the river had character. Some parts were woodland and some parts were brushes. On the left I came across a campground. There were campers even in mid may. I could smell campfires burning. It brought back pleasant memories of the times I used to go camping. One person yelled out saying she wishes she was out on her boat. As I passed under a large fallen tree another person said they heard a crack indicating the tree was ready to fall even more.
There was a sound of the boat brushing over a log. The log was a few inches under water where it was hard to see. I saw an error in my camera. It seems my waterproof camera had a small leak and water was interfering with its operation. I opened the battery portion and wiped down the batteries and the memory card. When the camera was put together it worked flawlessly. The GPS also started failing. Kept getting a continual beeping sound. I did not want to disturb the GPS keeping my progress so I let it keep beeping. Sure enough at the end of the trip I took the GPS apart, wiped it down and put it back together. It worked perfectly. When I downloaded the information into my computer it was like there was any problems.
Getting back to the story, I continued my trip down the river until there was blockage preventing me from going further. I turned around. The sights were still enjoyable to see on the way back. The was a pair of ducks going through the brushes. There were other birds around. I went past the location where I put the kayak in and was able to go up the river an additional quarter of a mile. I went back to the location and took the kayak out without incident. My cell phone will never be the same.